The Museum’s focus is the history of road passenger transport in Greater Manchester and there are over seventy buses and other vehicles on display. It is a ‘working’ museum, with as many vehicles as possible maintained in full working order. This helps give the Museum the atmosphere of a bus garage of bygone years, lending a realistic setting to the vehicles themselves. Maintenance and restoration is undertaken by the Museum’s volunteers. You can look inside several vehicles but some are fragile, so unfortunately we can't open them all. Please ask staff if you would like to see inside a particular vehicle. Vehicles often move around and many are on the road, so not all of the collection will be on public display when you visit. For a timeline from 1824 (John Greenwood starts a regular horse bus service from Pendleton, Salford to Market Street, Manchester, the first regular horse bus service in the UK, 1st January) click here.
In addition to the permanent displays there are a series of fun events throughout the year. Jan: Skoda Show. Feb: Morris Minor Show. Mar: Spring Transport Festival. May: MRX Model Railway Exhibition. Jun: Manchester Histories Festival. Jul: Festival of Model Tramways. Sep: Trans Lancs Transport Show. Sep: Heritage Open Days. Sep: Standard Triumph Show. Oct: Red Oktober. Oct: The Big Orange. Dec: The Christmas Cracker. For most events a free heritage bus service to and from the Manchester Victoria station area will operate. The Museum is designed so that everyone can enjoy it, fully undercover with level or ramped access throughout. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome. Toilet facilities, including an accessible toilet and baby changing facility are provided within the Museum.
Location : Boyle Street, Cheetham, Manchester, M8 8UW
Transport: Queens Road (National Rail) - 10 mins. walk. Deansgate (Metrolink). Bus routes 42, 135 and 151 (the closest) stop nearby.
Opening Times: Daily 10:00 to 16:30
Hours extended during events.
Tickets: Adults £4.00 Seniors/Students £2.00 Disabled/Carers/Children Free
Charges may vary during events. Heritage Open Days are free.
Tel: 0161 205 2122